A lovely depiction of the Immortal Kinko (Chinese: Kinkao? Kingao? -- please see below) riding his fish. Beautifully and most happily worked from the desirable Shoushan stone colors of red and orange with a paler section for the water foaming up to one side of the base, this was most probably designed for use as a paperweight on the scholar's desk. It stands 2 1/8" high by 2 3/4" long.
"The Chinese immortal Kinkô (Ch. Kingao [Kinkao]). Kinkô was said to have lived over two centuries and frequently painted fish. The king of the fish offered him a journey through the river. After his visit, Kinkô appeared briefly to his disciples, asked them to never kill fish, and then disappeared into the river." Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore.
We have also seen the name as Qinlao, but can find no additional information on this particular transliteration.
Condition: Nice genuine wear, particularly,and as to be expected, on the base.
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Fine Antique Chinese Carving Shoushan Soapstone Immortal & Fish